Heavy Metal – Ryan Searle
Recognisable for his Heavy Metal style, Ryan Searle began his PDC career with two Challenge Tour victories in 2016 and earning himself a 2 year PDC Pro Tour card in the process.
Ryan won his first Pro Tour Tournament in February 2020, defeating Gezzy Price, Michael Barnard, Josh Payne, Michael Smith, Glenn Durrant, Jefffrey De Zwaan and then Michael Van Gerwen in the Final!
Ryan uses the heaviest weighted darts in the PDC with his barrels weighing in at a mighty 32 grams!
Who is Ryan Searle?
Ryan Searle was born on October 21 1987 in Wellington, a small market town in Somerset.
Searle’s first appearance at a major tournament was the Winmau World Masters in 2011, where he lost in the first round. He also made appearances in 2013 and 2016, where he reached the sixth and third rounds respectively.
Searle secured a PDC tour card back in 2016 after finishing second in the Challenge Tour order of merit. Searle took victories in two events (events 7 and 16) which secured his status as a PDC player.
In 2017, Searle made the fourth round of the UK Open where he lost 10-5 to Rob Cross. He also made it to the Players Championship Finals in Minehead where he was defeated 6-4 in the first round to Steve West. He ended the year ranked 85.
In 2018, Searle qualified for the Grand Slam of Darts in being one of the eight players that qualified from the Tour Card Holder qualifier in Wigan. Searle would exit in the round robin phase after losing all three group games to Dimitri Van den Bergh, Mark McGeeney and Rob Cross. His strong results on the Pro Tour (including finishing runner up at PC18) once again allowed him to make the Players Championship Finals for the second year in a row. He defeated Josh Payne 6-2 in Round 1 before losing to eventual champion Daryl Gurney 6-5, missing three match darts. Searle made his debut at the PDC World Championships in December. He scored a dream run to the fourth round after defeating the likes of Stephen Burton, Mensur Suljovic and William O’Connor before losing to Michael Smith He ended the year ranked 50, a rise of 35 places at the start of the year.
In 2019, Searle reached the fourth round of the UK Open again, losing 10-4 to Steve West. He made it to the World Championships for the second year in a row! He defeated Robbie King 3-2 and Steve West 3-0 before losing 4-3 to Gary Anderson after leading 3-1 at one stage. He dropped two places to 52nd in the world rankings.
2020 would be a year that would change Ryan Searle’s life forever as he secured his first ever PDC ranking title in Players Championship event 3. He defeated the likes of Gerwyn Price, Michael Barnard, Josh Payne, Michael Smith, Glen Durrant and Jeffrey De Zwaan before defeating the great Michael van Gerwen 8-6 to claim the first of probably many more titles to come.